By Helen Gaw
‘The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ (Psalm 24:1)
There is a rich diversity of life on this earth. In editing my first issue of Footsteps I have learnt about plants and animals that I had never seen before. The conditions for life are finely balanced. We rely on natural resources constantly. Those of us who live in towns and cities are often less aware of this than those in rural areas and forget that we may be damaging natural resources, for example by contributing to pollution.
The opening article shows that we do not need to choose between helping people and looking after the world we live in. By caring for the environment, we can care for people too. When we are affected by changes to the natural resources we use every day, there is hope: we can find solutions that improve our relationship with the environment. This is a theme throughout many of the articles in this issue.
On the centre pages, there is a step-bystep process for community facilitators, which demonstrates how everyone can be involved in managing shared natural resources. We share new ideas for rainwater harvesting (page 4), a training method for increasing bio diversity on farms (page 10) and a frame work for under standing and responding to the linked threats of climate change, environmental degradation and natural hazards (page 12).
One day the earth will be fully restored. As we continue in hope, we continue in our responsibility to care for the earth.
The next issue will be an update on the Millennium Development Goals.
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